By Gavin Menu
Pierson graduate Kyle McGowin is no stranger to success on the baseball field, although his most recent streak puts him in uncharted waters.
McGowin, 21, a junior pitcher at Savannah State University, has pitched 21 and 2/3 scoreless innings to start the 2013 campaign and will carry a perfect 3-0 record and 0.00 ERA into his next start this Saturday.
“It’s been a great experience, especially with our team doing really well,” said McGowin, who has helped lead Savannah State to a 9-3 start to the season. “I’m just doing my part.”
During the scoreless streak in which Savannah State picked up wins over Presbyterian College, Alabama A&M University and Fairleigh Dickinson , McGowin struck out 28 batters while allowing just four walks and 16 hits over the three games. He was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s Pitcher of the Week as a result and during a phone conversation on Wednesday said his confidence is high going into this weekend’s start at Florida A&M in Tallahassee.
“Last year I faced them and had 15 strikeouts,” said McGowin, who graduated from Pierson in 2010. “So I should be able to put up the same kind of numbers.”
McGowin has also been getting plenty of attention from Major League scouts this season, with at least 15 teams having shown interest. McGowin, a righthander, said at least three scouts have attended each of his starts so far this year, making his dominance that much more impressive — and possibly rewarding down the line.
“Getting a lot of draft and scout looks helps my mentality in that I want to go out there and dominate every start,” McGowin said. “And the way I’ve been pitching, my arm is only going to get stronger as the season progresses.”
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